Saturday, June 26, 2010

Provident Celebration

Cross made from Lindon tree Mother Theodore planted on arrival to this area.

"What does it matter what becomes of us, provided God's work be accomplished?"
~Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Today I privileged to attend the 50th Jubilee of Sister Mary Moloney. She has been a long time friend since our days in Oklahoma. The Sisters of Providence have been part of our family from that time. Because of these sisters I have been called to reflect on the on the effect of Providence in my/our life. It has been extraordinary! It has been quite a ride. Yes, and so it goes.

Also, as Providence would have it the Meditation for the Day in Magnificat calls us to a reflection on That very Providence again.

The Power of Faith

We must, then, have faith and not be dispirited. We must not be stopped by any kind of human calculation. To overcome the obstacles we have to throw ourselves into the task so that the very effort we make will open up new paths. Personal holiness, giving oneself to God, is the one cure which overcomes any difficulty.

Being holy means living exactly as our Father in heaven wants us to live. You will say that it is difficult. It is. The ideal is a very high one. And yet it is also easy. It is withing our reach. When a person becomes ill there may be not appropriate medicine. But in supernatural affairs, it is not like that. The medicine is always at hand. It is Jesus Christ, present, in the Holy Eucharist, and he also gives us his grace in the other sacraments which he established.

Let us say again in word and in action: "Lord I trust in you; your ordinary providence, your help each day, is all I need." We do no have to ask God to perform great miracles. Rater, we have to beg him to increase our faith, to enlighten our intellect, and strengthen our will. Jesus always stays by our side and is always himself. ~Saint Josemaria Excriva

To have experienced this joyous day is just another one of those memories that will remind me that this is where I supposed to be today!

Thanks be to God!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Gift of Assertion

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Those who, to please their listeners, avoid giving a forthright declaration of the will of God become the slaves of those they would please, and abandon
the service of God." ~Saint Basil, the Great

I'm wondering if Saint Basil is asking, "Are you a wishy-washy Catholic? Do you fear rejection by others because of your stance in defense of the Faith?"

It occurred to me that if that is the case I really need to call upon the Holy Spirit to fill me with the gift of fortitude so I can carry on. For if it is true that I would rather please my peers than please my Creator, I need to step back and consider what rejection of God might mean to me. It asks, "Do you fear rejection today or should you fear rejection for eternity?"

I really need to think about it! How about you?

Thanks be to God!

Sunday, June 6, 2010


I have been a long time in offering the wisdom of others. I kept waiting for someone else to contribute and was reminded that perhaps others are looking to me for that. So here is one i found most recently...

"The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills it; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will. ~~Saint Elizabeth Ann

A lesson that I personally need to learn.

Thanks be to God!!!